Russia loses the sport after the invasion of Ukraine and the attack which resulted in a war with the neighboring country. First the Champions League final. Then the Formula 1 GP, then the Ski World Cup. To follow, other events are destined to skip. Sanctions against Moscow extend to football, Formula 1 and, in all likelihood, other sports. Uefa has taken the first step by certifying the transfer of the 2021-2022 Champions League final from St. Petersburg to Paris.
“Together with the French government, UEFA will fully support multi-party efforts to provide relief to footballers and their families in Ukraine as they face terrible human suffering, destruction and displacement,” the continental confederation said. “At today’s meeting, the Uefa Executive Committee also decided that the clubs and national teams of Russia and Ukraine participating in Uefa competitions will have to play their home games on a neutral pitch until further notice. The Uefa Executive Committee has also decided that will remain waiting to convene further extraordinary meetings, on a regular basis where necessary, to review the legal and factual situation and take further decisions as needed “.
Formula 1 was also set in motion. “On Thursday evening, Formula 1, the FIA and the teams discussed the position of our sport and the conclusion, including the opinion of all interested parties, is that it is impossible to hold the Grand Prize of Russia in the current circumstances “, he chose Formula 1 on his website. The Sochi GP should have been held on 25 September. “The FIA Formula 1 World Championship visits countries around the world with a positive vision to bring people together, uniting nations. We observe developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a quick and peaceful solution to the current situation.”
From asphalt to snow. The international Federsci has announced that “after a phase of close consultation with its stakeholders, it has decided with a view to maintaining the integrity of the competition and in the interest of safeguarding the safety of athletes, technicians and of every person involved, of cancel or move to another location all World Cup events organized in Russia between now and the end of the 2021-22 season “.
The list of canceled or transferred events is bound to grow. The executive of the International Olympic Committee has in fact invited the federations “to transfer or cancel their sporting events currently scheduled in Russia or Belarus” after the invasion of Ukraine.
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